Mike Starr, Alice in Chains Bassist, Dead at 44

by Brian Willett

Mike Starr, the former bassist for legendary grunge rockers Alice in Chains, died Tuesday. He was 44. Starr’s struggles with drugs were displayed on Celebrity Rehab, a reality television show on VH1. No foul play is suspected in Starr’s death.

Alice in Chains members Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney issued a supportive statement after news of Starr’s death emerged.

“Jerry and Sean are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy — and the privacy of Mike’s family — during this difficult time,” the statement said. “Their thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family.”

According to Starr, he was kicked out of Alice in Chains due to his drug problems in 1993, shortly after the release of Alice in Chains’ successful 1992 release, Dirt. Starr’s problems continued despite his 2009 Celebrity Rehab stint, as he was arrested in February for possessing six Xanax and six painkiller pills.

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